There are no filming locations available for this reserve.
Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers.
(Please note the pan is currently empty due to the dry conditions in the Western Cape – Updated 18 January 2017)
Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers. The reserve, which lies 25km north of Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve (930 hectares in size) in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988 (150 hectares in size).
Rocherpan had a fortuitous start, when farmer Pierre Rocher arrived in this area in 1839 looking for improved summer grazing for his livestock. Rocher and his workers closed off the mouth of Papkuils River, forcing it to flow behind the dunes that separate the sandveld from the sea. This inadvertently created a perfect habitat for water birds, and the local species have thrived ever since. Along the coast you’ll see the rare and endangered black oystercatcher, the kelp gull and the Cape shoveller.
Rocherpan currently has eight eco-cabins available to be booked for accommodation, with the four newest cabins having just opened. Click here to download a map of the reserve to see where the cabins, pan, beach, and hiking trails are. Please call our reservations office to make your booking.
Rocherpan lies 25 km north of Velddrif on the coastal road. Velddrif can be reached on the West Coast Road (R27), that starts in Cape Town and takes you through Milnerton before running along the coast through Bloubergstrand, Melkbosstrand and Langebaan.
Chris and Jenny Sivertsen, Oct 2, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
We just spent an extended weekend (booked for 2 nights but extended to 3) at Rocherpan and were blown away by the attention to detail of the bungalows, the service and the commitment of the staff and the beauty of the area. The bungalows are fitted better than most homes, the peace and tranquility overlooking the pan from the veranda is good for the soul and the hikes are a good challenge.. Definitely worth a visit again and again.
Hilary Blackburn, Aug 23, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
Just spent the weekend at Rocherpan Nature Reserve and will definately be booking again during the flower season next year. The cottages were super clean, well equipped and spacious and the staff were all super friendly.
Hendrik Bosman, Aug 17, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
What an experience!!!
The staff are very well informed, friendly and helpful. I phoned them a few times before our visit to find out about specific aspects and never did they hesitate with replies.
We stayed in Oystercatcher which is one of the smaller cottages and is impressed with the quality of the amenities. Anyone that complain about anything here does not know value for money and should just stay home. The insect screens are really good though in summer a beastie or two may slip-in so bring your own insecticide.
From a birders viewpoint the hides are excellent but from a bird photographer`s viewpoint these are useless to say the least as the Sunlight is always from the wrong direction and the hides are too far away for afternoon photography. That does not mean that I did not get a few excellent shots though :-)
Mark and Robyn Cowie, Feb 22, 2016 - Rocherpan Nature Reserve
We've just spent the past weekend at Rocherpan and can't wait to return . The accomodation , facilities and staff are outstanding . What a Peaceful , Relaxing and Tranquil setting . Thank-You Callum , Tanya and your Team for making us so welcome .